English : Giant carp
French : Carpe géante du Siam
Class : Teleostei
Order : Cypriniformes
Family : Cyprinidae
Notes : No subspecies known.
One of the world’s largest carps, growing to over 3 meters in length for a maximum weight above 3 kg. Very large head with thick lips and white lower lip. Body with humped back and large white-banded black scales. Very dark fins.
Range and habitat
The species is native to South-East Asia and occurs in Thailand, Lao and Cambodia, in the Maeklong, Mekong and Chao Phraya river systems. Lives in floodplains, deep pools of very large rivers.
IUCN RED LIST : CRITICALLY ENDANGERED
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species is a very well known food fish that has been caught unsustainably for years. Pollution is another factor of the species’ demise.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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